Fire protection service contract forged

For immediate release: Sept. 1, 2001

BLOOMSBURG – As an eight-year agreement with the Town of Bloomsburg was completed Wednesday, Aug. 31, another one was renewed when Bloomsburg University's Council of Trustees approved its annual $25,000 contribution for the Bloomsburg Volunteer Fire Department's ladder truck at its quarterly meeting.

Council of Trustees
President David Soltz with Mayor Dan Knorr
For each of the past eight years, BU has contributed $25,000 to the town toward the cost of a ladder truck purchased in 2003 and $38,000 for fire protection. The truck helps provide fire protection for the campus, which includes two high-rise residence halls - Elwell and Columbia halls. In addition to the final truck gift, BU announced a renewed three-year service purchase contract with the fire department for fire protection. BU will contribute $45,000 annually, beginning this year.

Bloomsburg Mayor Dan Knorr '07, who accepted the gift on behalf of the town, said the annual BU contribution toward fire service is greatly appreciated as the town's population has grown significantly — 20 percent since 2000 — to more than 14,000 residents.

In other business during the meeting, the Trustees:
Council of Trustees
President David Soltz with Charles Marks

  • Recognized the following retirees who received emeritus status: Christine Alichnie, professor of nursing; James Appelman, facilities maintenance paint shop; and Charles Marks, facilities maintenance paint shop.
  • Heard a presentation on undergraduate research at Bloomsburg University, "High Impact Practices that Promote Transformative Learning" by Robert Marande, dean of the College of Science and Technology, and John Hranitz, associate professor of biological and allied health sciences. The long-term goal is to offer every student an opportunity for undergraduate research across all academic disciplines, according to Hranitz.
  • Received a summer college enrollment update from Tom Fletcher, associate vice president and dean of extended programs. Enrollment dropped from 3,938 last summer to 3,602 this year, according to Fletcher, adding the down economy played a significant role, particularly in the education field.
  • Received an end-of-year finance report and 2011-12 budget update from Richard Rugen, vice president for administration and finance.
  • Received an end-of-year development report from Erik Evans, vice president for university advancement. Evans said BU received nearly $4.5 million in gifts in 2010-11, which benefit scholarships, grants and university programs.
  • Received a fall enrollment and housing update from Dione Somerville, vice president for student affairs. BU's total occupancy has dropped from 4,009 on-campus students in 2010-11 to 3,918 students this year, including a decrease in the number of rooms with triple roommates — 394 to 310 for this school year.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. BU serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.